17 awesome photos of newborns meeting their military dads


For many military dads, the very first glimpse of their children happens on a pier, in a dark parking lot next to a bus, or on a sunny tarmac. While serving their country overseas, they’ve watched the birth and growth of their newborn from afar– through Skype sessions, well-thumbed photographs in care packages, hand print drawings, and scribbled artwork.

Here are 17 of these first precious moments as fathers meet their sons and daughters after their long deployments:

1. A sailor is all smiles as he meets his newborn daughter. 

Photo: DVIDS, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder

2. Blue creating a backdrop against vibrant pink, this Coastie cradles his daughter carefully.

Photo: DVIDS, Staff Sgt. AJ Hyatt

3. Ignoring the hubub around him, this baby relaxes in his mother’s arms during his father’s homecoming.

Photo: DVIDS, Mass Communication Specialist Stacy M. Atkins Ricks

4. A husband and wife share a joyful moment with their newborn as a family of three.

Photo: DVIDS, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray

5. This family finds a quiet moment of reflection during homecoming.

Photo: DVIDS, Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera

6. A sailor feeds his bundled child for the first time.

Photo: DVIDS, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings

7. This tiny military kid welcomes home her dad for the very first time.

Photo: DVIDS, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Gaskill

8. Reunited at last, this family enjoys a moment of happiness together.

Photo: DVIDS, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gerald Dudley Reynolds

9. Unable to contain his excitement, this naval officer shows off his baby to his shipmates.

Photo: DVIDS, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Emiline L. M. Senn

10. After a year-long deployment, this father shares a first kiss with his daughter.

Photo: DVIDS, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight

11. A tiny sailor meets a much larger one.

Photo: DVIDS, Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ahron Arendes

12. Unable to hold back her emotions, a military spouse cries as her husband holds their child for the first time.

Photo: DVIDS, Lt. Cmdr. Brian Badura

13. This family takes a moment for a photo and a moment of bonding.

Photo: DVIDS

14. With a fist raised into the air, this baby enjoys a quiet moment with Dad.

Photo: DVIDS, Petty Officer 1st Class Michael E. Wagoner

15. With the perfect photo background and outfit, this military baby meets her Dad in style.

Photo: DVIDS

16. Even a late-night or early-morning homecoming can’t dampen the spirits of this family.

Photo: DVIDS

17. A smile lights up this father’s face as he gazes at his daughter.

Photo: DVIDS